The Lower Clarence has come out the winner in the latest round of infrastructure grants from the NSW Nationals in the state government.
Nationals MP for Clarence Chris Gulaptis has announced grants totalling $160,000 to fund two community infrastructure projects.
“$134,000 will help fund the demolition and rebuild of the Nungera Community Hall at Hillcrest in Maclean and $26,000 buys new outboard motors for Marine Rescue vessel Iluka Yamba 20,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The upgrade of the asbestos-ridden hall is overdue and the new modern facility will deliver many benefits to the local Indigenous community from Sorry Business (funerals and wakes) to youth groups and the expansion of the Nungera Cooperative.”
Mr Gulaptis said the Nungera Co-operative Society Ltd deserved praise for its successful application as did the volunteers from Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba.
“Their rescue efforts will now be powered by two brand new 90hp Suzuki outboards, which means more lives saved,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba Unit Commander Peter Richards said the waters along the Clarence River were some of the busiest in the state and regularly used by recreational boaters, fishermen from across the Clarence, sailing and cruising yacht clubs, and dive groups.
“In an emergency, every second counts, and the new engines will give us the power, speed and reliability we need to respond quickly and safely to emergencies,” Commander Richards explained.
Mr Gulaptis said the money from hall and boat upgrades came from taxes on pokie machine profits made by the Club Industry and that the Nationals in NSW Government were currently looking for more great local projects to fund.
“Applications have just opened for the next round of the program and I want local not-for-profits to apply for a share of the $12.5 million up for grabs this year,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Grants of between $10,000 and $300,000 can be used toward the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure.
They fall into four categories: Arts & Culture; Community Infrastructure; Disaster Readiness; and Sport & Recreation.
Applications must be submitted by 22 November. To find out more or to apply, visit responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au.